Look Fournales On Bike, Finally..........

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Axis II
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by Axis II

I've finally joined the Fournales cult. No real ride time on it yet but the lateral stiffness is amazing riding around the streets. It feels as stiff as a rigid fork for sure. Basically it came in at the same weight as my Sid Race after all the tuning.
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Stolichnaya
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by Stolichnaya

Looks very cool.

The fork also looks like it has a reduced rake based on the head tube angle and my personal images of how the bike would look with a SID on it. Is this the case?

Oh, and nice thumbies...

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by kubad

Look cool :welcome:
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Axis II
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by Axis II

Stolichnaya wrote:Looks very cool.

The fork also looks like it has a reduced rake based on the head tube angle and my personal images of how the bike would look with a SID on it. Is this the case?

Oh, and nice thumbies...


Well, I just got back from my first ride on VERY tight and twisty single track. The rake doesn't feel any different over the SID that I just took off. It just looks steep due to the more forward position, I think. This fork is amazing. I never knew just how much control I was giving up on the front end with the SID until I got on this fork. It tracks amazingly well in the tight technical stuff and the high speed control makes it feel like a totally different (and superior) bike. At first I was a little worried about the compression stroke but this fork has a very sophisticated compression stroke curve. Even at high pressure it is very active on small bump sensitivity but then quickly ramps up compression after about 6-9mm and so it's nice and stiff. Lateral rigidity feels just like a rigid fork. I guess all the wait and work has been worth it.
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by knef

Axis II wrote:Even at high pressure it is very active on small bump sensitivity but then quickly ramps up compression after about 6-9mm and so it's nice and stiff. Lateral rigidity feels just like a rigid fork. I guess all the wait and work has been worth it.

yeah small bump sensitivity is amazing! and looking down seeing this fork move is fun too :D and, the damper makes a nice sound.
only downside is high impact in my opinion...

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by Leeww

Nice ! :shock: I love that fork !!
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by cswi9367

draw a line from steerer tube to centerline of front hub, its the same as a standard fork. its just looks different.

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by coureur

Hey, another member of the Fournalès clan!
It's the best fork for XC in mountains.
Be careful to apply glue (frein filet) on the screws more close to the tire.
To change oil look here.

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by knef

coureur wrote:To change oil look here.

Thank you !! :D

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by cavani

My wife her "new" Klein with Fournales.The fork was originaly on my Bianchi,but this has been sold.Does anybody knows the hubs?(Nukeproof?)
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by marecej

arent those pace hubs?

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Axis II
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by Axis II

[quote="coureur"]Hey, another member of the Fournalès clan!
It's the best fork for XC in mountains.
Be careful to apply glue (frein filet) on the screws more close to the tire.
To change oil look here.

THat hardtail is a real beauty! Thanks for the link- my four years of college french have left me, though. :cry: Somehow I'll need to get that translated.
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by BUSTERCHERRY

i found these via ebay for $200 with what the seller decribed as a broken shock. i hoped for the best and the broken shock turned out to be a single nut that came undone inside which was a 20 minute fix from beginning to end. even if the shock was useless, i'm sure something else would have worked anyways. i'm somewhat old school when it comes to anykind of biking and i looove how light these are. the bike i have them on right now is a norco and weighs a tonne so i have to lighten the load anyway possible. i never go into the bush anymore and i'm getting lazy these days which means i don't like lifting my ass off the seat anymore so it's dual suspension mountain bikes only and they're all set up for the streets with hookworms on all of them. the hookworms add alot of weight to it but it's not toooo bad. smooth as smooth can be though with the fournales/hookworm combination. well it won't let me load any pictures yet as this is my very first day on the weenie so maybe tomorrow i'll give it another go. :?:

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by ritcheykestrel

I find it interesting how things ome back around!!

In the early to mid 90's we had the AMP Fork with solid legs and a linkage shock system

Late 90's we had the Girvin/Proflex Fork with an upper linkage and solid legs and even had a computer damper system

2010-Look Fork incorporating all of those items -the computer damper


The sad thing is is that ProFlex and AMP had the right ideas! They rode beautifully and the buyers of them loved them to death. But the industry lambasted them to death and claimed they sucked horribly and the buyers believed it and the companies went under or stopped producing them.

I hate this industry with a passion at times! They kill innovation many times over and drives me nuts! Then you end up with a ton of cookie cutter garbage out there and everyone has the same sh!t with a different decal. I miss the 90's! With all the great innovative companies making things.

On a side note, your bikes look great!
Ritchey BreakAway | Ritchey Swiss Cross | Kestrel 500EMS | Kestrel 200EMS | Kestrel CSX | Moots YBB Air | GT Edge TI | Colnago Track | Cervelo P2 | Time Equipe | Time Equipe Tri | Mondonico Anniversario | Many MANY others!!

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